MOM! I have blackheads! HELP! I wish I had a dollar for each time I’d heard that from my kiddos. For the most part my children have good complexion but, even so, they did have their share of ugly blackheads to deal with. Blackheads seem to show up no matter what diet or hygiene habits are practiced. I look at blackheads like I look at mosquitoes .. they are pesky and unwanted.
As you well know, blackheads and acne are two things that can stop a teenager in their tracks but adults fear them too. Blackheads always appear at the most inopportune time and in the worst place possible – on your face. Nothing is worse than to be washing your face in the morning and see a big ugly blackhead or a sore painful pimple that has appeared overnight.
What Are Blackheads?
Blackheads, pimples, whiteheads, zits – these terms are used interchangeably by most people and all fall under the definition of acne. All of them are frustrating but blackheads seem to be the hardest to combat.
So how do we get blackheads? Basically, you have sebaceous glands under your skin and these glands secrete oils, or sebum, through the pores in the skin. For a variety of reasons, this oil can become trapped in the pore. Bacteria can come to feed on the oil and dirt trapped in the skin and a pus-filled bump forms; we call these bumps blackheads. Honestly, I call them bbbs … big, bumpy blackheads!
Here’s an interesting fact about blackheads. They are normally clear but can turn black when coming in contact with air so, of course, that is why they get their name of blackheads. Once you have blackheads, they can be hard to get rid of. But, using a few tips can help you stop any future outbreaks.
Blackheads aren’t just for teenagers. Hormones can be a reason for the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands but whether it is puberty or menopause, blackheads can ruin the landscape of your skin. Here are some tips on preventing blackheads so you can learn how to stop them from being a problem for you.
How to Stop Blackheads from Forming
Remove your make-up – It’s easy to fall asleep and forget to wash your face but make-up can clog the pores and lead to blackheads. Even mineral make-up needs to be removed to prevent build-up. Just remember that any kind of build of, especially oily build up, can form blackheads.
Blackhead creams – These creams contain benzyl peroxide and other compounds to help kill the bacteria that can aggravate the condition. Regular use can treat blackheads and acne.
Exfoliate – Dead skin cells can get trapped, especially if you have oily skin. Exfoliation removes these skin cells to prevent them from causing blackheads.
Drink more water – Water helps to remove toxins from the body. It clears up the skin by re-hydrating it. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day.
Use a blackheads removal tool – Popping blackheads can lead to not only pain but scarring on your face. Those who don’t like the look of blackheads will definitely not appreciate the resultant skin discoloration from squeezing them. Find extractors made specifically for blackheads in your nearby drug store.
Use pore strips – Many blackheads appear in the oily T-zone. Pore strips are designed to pull oil, bacteria and forming blackheads from their pores before they can surface on the skin and cause more problems. Use the strips regularly.
Wash your face – Sometimes the simplest solutions are right at hand. Regularly washing your face in the morning can remove any dirt that accumulates through the night. At night, wash off the dirt from the day before you go to bed. When dirt is washed away, you have eliminated one of the major substances that clog pores (blackheads) and cause acne.
If you are dealing with blackheads, I hope that these few tips will help prevent them from continuing to be a problem for you.